Part I Overview Information


Department of Health and Human Services

Participating Organizations
National Institutes of Health (NIH) http://www.nih.gov

Components of Participating Organizations
This announcement is developed as an NIH Roadmap Initiative (http://nihroadmap.nih.gov). All NIH Institutes and Centers participate in roadmap initiatives. This announcement will be administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) on behalf of the NIH.

Title: Preapplication for Interdisciplinary Research Consortium (X02)

Announcement Type
New

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

NOTICE: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED IN PAPER FORMAT.

This FOA must be read in conjunction with the application guidelines provided with this announcement in Grants.gov Apply for Grants (hereafter called Grants.gov/Apply).

A registration process is necessary before submission and applicants are highly encouraged to start the process at least four weeks prior to the grant submission date. See Section IV.

Two steps are required for on time submission:

1) The application must be submitted to Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization) on the submission date (see “Key Dates” below).

2) Applicants must complete a verification step in the eRA Commons within two (2) business days of notification from NIH. Note: Since email can be unreliable, it is the responsibility of the applicant to periodically check on their application status in the Commons.

Program Announcement (PA) Number: PAR-06-122

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number(s)
93.389

Key Dates

Release/Posted Date: January 20, 2006
Opening Date: March 17, 2006 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: March 21, 2006
Application Submission Dates: April 18, 2006
Peer Review Date: July-August, 2006
Council Review Date: Not Applicable
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: Not Applicable
Additional Information To Be Available Date: Not Applicable
Expiration Date: April 19, 2006

Due Dates for E.O. 12372
Not Applicable

Additional Overview Content

Executive Summary

Table of Contents


Part I Overview Information

Part II Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
1. Research Objectives

2. Technical Assistance Workshop

Section II. Award Information
1. Mechanism of Support
2. Funds Available

Section III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
A. Eligible Institutions
B. Eligible Individuals
2.Cost Sharing or Matching
3. Other - Special Eligibility Criteria

Section IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Request Application Information
2. Content and Form of Application Submission
3. Submission Dates and Times
A. Submission, Review and Anticipated Start Dates
1. Letter of Intent
B. Sending an Application to the NIH
C. Application Processing
4. Intergovernmental Review
5. Funding Restrictions
6. Other Submission Requirements

Section V. Application Review Information
1. Criteria
2. Review and Selection Process
A. Additional Review Criteria
B. Additional Review Considerations
C. Sharing Research Data
D. Sharing Research Resources
3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Section VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices
2. Reporting

Section VII. Agency Contact(s)
1. Scientific/Research Contact(s)
2. Peer Review Contact(s)
3. Financial/ Grants Management Contact(s)

Section VIII. Other Information - Required Federal Citations

Part II - Full Text of Announcement


Section I. Funding Opportunity Description


1. Research Objectives

In addition to the biological sciences, biomedical research often involves participation by other scientific disciplines, including the behavioral, quantitative, social, computational/information, engineering, and physical sciences. Distinct disciplinary perspectives represent significant sources of strength to the overall research enterprise because each discipline has its own intellectual history, experimental and analytic approaches, and theoretical context that produce a unique way of thinking about a problem. Nevertheless, as scientific capabilities move forward, increasingly sophisticated questions arise, and these often require the convergence of perspectives from multiple disciplines. Over the years, the Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed many initiatives, mechanisms and programs to support either disciplinary or multidisciplinary research (where multidisciplinary research is defined as bringing together different disciplines to focus on a circumscribed problem, but keeping the disciplines distinct).

It is becoming apparent that, in some cases, multidisciplinary research is not sufficient to address, in a comprehensive and effective way, challenging and complex problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Rather, interdisciplinary research may be required to tackle these more complex problems. Like multidisciplinary research, interdisciplinary research brings together different disciplines to address a particular issue. But unlike multidisciplinary research, interdisciplinary research takes bits and pieces from the contributing disciplines and integrates them in ways that produce a new conceptual framework. Integrating different disciplines in this way holds the promise of opening up currently unimagined scientific avenues of inquiry, and in the process, may form whole new disciplines. Historical examples include the development of genomics, which was formed from genetics, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, and informatics. Another example in which multiple disciplines have, in a less directed way, blended and evolved into a new discipline is neuroscience. Thirty years ago, students of the brain might have identified themselves as anatomists, physiologists, or psychologists, but today most would consider themselves neuroscientists. Importantly, interdisciplinary research does not merely result in new technical approaches, but new intellectual approaches; that is, new ways to conceptualize and think about a research problem.

As part of the NIH Roadmap, a program to support exploratory centers for interdisciplinary research was initiated in FY2004 (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-004.html), and 21 planning awards were funded http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/interdisciplinary/fundedresearch.asp. This announcement is the beginning of the program for creating full interdisciplinary research consortia. Rather than limit participation in this second program to the funded exploratory centers, any research team will be allowed to apply for an interdisciplinary consortium.

The application process will have two parts: submitting a pre-application and then submitting the full interdisciplinary research consortium. Based on a review of the pre-application, some applicants will be invited to submit full applications. This announcement details the first part of the process, submitting a pre-application of the full Consortium application. Details about the application for a full consortium are contained in RFA-RM-06-008. Applicants must read both documents before submitting a pre-application.

The term consortium is used in the context of this program to refer to a series of linked applications using different mechanisms that will generally have different principal investigators. Those applications can come from a single institution or from multiple institutions. This linked application approach will ensure that all organizations and applicants in the interdisciplinary research team receive appropriate credit for their contributions to the team.

The first phase of the application procedure is described in this announcement. It is expected that the Principal Investigator for the pre-application also will be the Principal Investigator of the central cooperative agreement for the consortium. The pre-application will be reviewed by a special emphasis panel. Following that review, the NIH Roadmap Interdisciplinary Implementation Group (http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/interdisciplinary/members.asp) will invite applications for a full consortium application. Only applicants who have submitted a pre-application will be allowed to compete for a full consortium. The timeline for the program has been published previously (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RM-05-006.html) and is given below.

February 9 and 10          Technical Assistance Workshop
April 18, 2006                 Submission date for pre-application
September 2006             Scientific merit review for pre-application is finished
October 2006                  Invitations are made to participate in the Notice of Limited Competition for an Interdisciplinary Research Consortium
December 19, 2006       Receipt date for Consortia applications
May 2007                        Scientific merit review for Consortia applications
September 2007            Awards announced

The goal of this program is to support interdisciplinary approaches to solving significant and complex biomedical problems, particularly those that have been resistant to traditional approaches. These applications must hold the promise of leading to new research approaches to improving human health, including not only new methodological or technical approaches, but new intellectual frameworks from which to consider the problem.

The pre-application is expected to identify an important biomedically relevant problem, evaluate why previous disciplinary approaches have not solved the problem, justify why the proposed interdisciplinary approach will work, and identify the methods to maintain the focus and coordination of the interdisciplinary team. The review criteria for these pre-applications will involve the significance of the problem as well as the significance and feasibility of the interdisciplinary approach proposed to solve the problem. To be invited to submit a full consortium application, the pre-application will have to be strong in all of these areas. A successful interdisciplinary application is defined as an application that combines aspects of individual disciplines to provide a new conceptual approach to solving a problem that is likely to yield insights that could not have been achieved using the perspective of a traditional discipline or by combining (rather than integrating) approaches of multiple disciplines. The consortium awards will be for five years for roughly $3,000,000 in direct costs each year. Pending the availability of funds and the emphasis of the NIH Roadmap, the program may be renewed or reannounced.

It is expected that the proposed consortia will have leaders from more than one discipline. In order to recognize the contributions of scientists from more than one discipline, the consortia will use a new approach to funding team science. Each consortium application will be composed of a number of interrelated applications. There will be a Project Leadership and Management award to the consortium leader that will use the U54 mechanism. The purpose of the Project Leadership and Management award is to provide coordination and project management to the consortium; each consortium must have such a component. In addition to that award, there will be a series of awards using the R01 mechanism as well as other appropriate mechanisms. The complete list of mechanisms available to the consortium can be found in RFA-RM-06-008. All of the components of the full consortium application will be evaluated by the same review panel.

2. Technical Assistance Workshops

A technical assistance workshop will be held in conjunction with a meeting on Interdisciplinary Research (http://www.niddk.nih.gov/fund/other/roadmap2006/index.htm) that will occur on February 9 and 10 in the Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH Campus. The technical assistance workshop will begin at 1 pm EST on Friday, February 10, 2006. Potential applicants will be able to participate in the technical assistance workshop either in person on by viewing the workshop online at http://videocast.nih.gov/. In either case, potential applicants will be able to ask questions of program staff involved in managing this program.

This announcement uses electronic submission via Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED IN PAPER FORMAT. The application process is substantially different than using the PHS 398 form. Applicants are strongly encouraged to learn about electronic submission at http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/index.htm. In particular, a training session for applicants is being held on January 11, 2006. Information about that session is available at http://era.nih.gov/training/ElectronicSubmission/.

Section II. Award Information


1. Mechanism of Support

The pre-application submitted in response to this announcement will not result in an award using any of the traditional NIH mechanisms. A highly meritorious pre-application will result in an invitation to submit a full consortium application. For tracking purposes, each pre-application will be assigned a number that will use the X02 mechanism.

2. Funds Available

Not Applicable

Section III. Eligibility Information


1. Eligible Applicants

1.A. Eligible Institutions

You may submit (an) application(s) if your organization has any of the following characteristics:

While foreign institutions are not permitted to submit a pre-application, they will be allowed to participate as members of a proposed consortium. Not all of the organizations listed above will be eligible for all of the components in a full consortium.

1.B. Eligible Individuals

Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH programs.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Not applicable

The most current Grants Policy Statement can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/archive/grants/policy/nihgps_2003/index.htm#matching_or_cost_sharing

3. Other-Special Eligibility Criteria

An individual can participate in only one pre-application. There are no limits on the number of pre-applications that can be submitted by one organization.

Section IV. Application and Submission Information


Registration and Instructions for Submission via Grants.gov


To download an Application Package and Application Guide for completing the SF424 (R&R) forms for this FOA, link to http://www.grants.gov/Apply/ and follow the directions provided on that Web site.

A one-time registration is required for institutions/organizations at both:

PD/PIs should work with their institutions/organizations to make sure they are registered in the NIH eRA Commons.

Several additional separate actions are required before an applicant institution/organization can submit an electronic application, as follows:

1) Organization/Institutional Registration in Grants.gov/Get Started

2) Organization/Institutional Registration in the eRA Commons

3) Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Registration in the NIH eRA Commons: Refer to the NIH eRA Commons System (COM) Users Guide.

Note that if a PD/PI is also an NIH peer-reviewer with an Individual DUNS and CCR registration, that particular DUNS number and CCR registration are for the individual reviewer only. These are different than any DUNS number and CCR registration used by an applicant organization. Individual DUNS and CCR registration should be used only for the purposes of personal reimbursement and should not be used on any grant applications submitted to the Federal Government.

Several of the steps of the registration process could take four weeks or more. Therefore, applicants should immediately check with their business official to determine whether their institution is already registered in both Grants.gov and the Commons. The NIH will accept electronic applications only from organizations that have completed all necessary registrations.

1. Request Application Information

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application forms and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for this FOA through Grants.gov/Apply.

Note: Only the forms package directly attached to a specific FOA can be used. Applicants will not be able to use any other SF424 (R&R) forms (e.g., sample forms, forms from another FOA), although some of the “Attachment” files may be useable for more than one FOA.

For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: TTY 301-451-5936.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Prepare all applications using the SF424 (R&R) application forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (MS Word or PDF) instructions.

The SF424 (R&R) Application Guide is critical to submitting a complete and accurate application to NIH.

There are fields within the SF424 (R&R) application components that, although not marked as mandatory, are required by NIH (e.g., the “Credential” log-in field of the “Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile” component must contain the PD/PI’s assigned eRA Commons User ID). Agency-specific instructions for such fields are clearly identified in the Application Guide. For additional information, see “Tips and Tools for Navigating Electronic Submission” on the front page of “Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.”

The SF424 (R&R) application is comprised of data arranged in separate components. Some components are required, others are optional. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov/APPLY will include all applicable components, required and optional. A completed application in response to this FOA will include the following components:

Required Components:
SF424 (R&R) (Cover component)
Research & Related Project/Performance Site Locations
Research & Related Other Project Information
Research & Related Senior/Key Person

PHS398 Cover Page Supplement
PHS398 Research Plan

Optional Components:

PHS398 Cover Letter File

3. Submission Dates and Times

See Section IV.3.A for details.

3.A. Submission, Review and Anticipated Start Dates

Opening Date: March 17, 2006 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: March 21, 2006
Application Submission Dates: April 18, 2006
Peer Review Date: July-August, 2006
Council Review Date: Not Applicable
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: Not Applicable

3.A.1. Letter of Intent

Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review. The letter of intent is to be sent by the date listed in the Key Dates section at the beginning of this document.

The letter of intent also will allow program staff to construct a list of applications that are expected through the electronic submission process. Such a list may be very useful in case of unexpected problems with electronic submission of applications. For that reason, potential applicants are invited to submit the letter of intent even after March 21, 2006.

The letter of intent should be sent to:
Greg Farber, Ph.D.
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 960, MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 (U.S. Postal Service Express or regular mail)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 435-0778
FAX: (301) 480-3659
Email: farberg@mail.nih.gov

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send the letter of intent by e-mail. Please do not submit the same letter by multiple routes (e-mail, FAX, or hard copy).

3.B. Sending an Application to the NIH

To submit an application in response to this FOA, applicants should access this FOA via http://www.grants.gov/Apply and follow steps 1-4. Note: Applications must only be submitted electronically
PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

3.C. Application Processing

Applications may be submitted to Grants.gov on or after March 17, 2006 (i.e., the Open Date on Grants.gov) and must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization) on the application submission dates described in Section IV.3.A. If an application is not received by that date, the application may be delayed in the review process or not reviewed.

Upon receipt, applications will be transferred from Grants.gov to the NIH Electronic Research Administration process for validation. Both the PI and the Signing Official for the organization must verify the submission via Commons within 2 business days of notification of the NIH validation.

Upon receipt applications will be evaluated for completeness by CSR and responsiveness by NCRR. Incomplete and non-responsive applications will not be reviewed.

The NIH will not accept any application in response to this FOA that is essentially the same as one currently pending initial merit review unless the applicant withdraws the pending application. The NIH will not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed. This does not preclude the submission of an application already reviewed with substantial changes, but such application must include an Introduction addressing the previous critique. Note such an application is considered a "resubmission" for the SF424 (R&R).

There will be an acknowledgement of receipt of applications from Grants.gov and the Commons. Information related to the assignment of an application to the Scientific Review Group is also in the Commons.

4. Intergovernmental Review

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

5. Funding Restrictions

Not applicable

6. Other Submission Requirements

General instructions for completing the SF424 components can be found in the Application Guide (http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General.doc). Modifications to those instructions for this announcement are found below.

6.A. SF424 (R&R) Cover Component

1. Type of Submission. Check the pre-application box. If this submission is to change or correct a previously submitted application, click the Changed/Corrected Application box and enter the Grants.gov tracking number in the Federal Identification field.

16. Estimated Project Funding. Enter 0 in boxes a, b, and c.

20. Pre-Application. Do NOT attach the summary description at this line.

6.B. SF424 Research & Related Other Project Information

1. Are Human Subjects Involved? Check no even if human subjects will be used in some of the applications that will be part of the consortium.

2. Are Vertebrate Animals Used? Check no even if vertebrate animals will be used in some of the applications that will be part of the consortium.

6.C. SF424 Senior/Key Person Profiles

Starting with the PI for the cooperative agreement application of the full consortium, provide a profile for each senior/key person proposed. At a minimum, profiles should be presented for the PIs of each of the linked applications that make up the consortium. Profiles should also be presented for other senior/key persons who are part of the consortium but who are not PIs. If there are more than 8 profiles, appropriate templates can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm in the Addition Format Pages section. For the PI of the X02, the Project Role should be assigned as “PD/PI”. For all other personnel who will participate as PIs in the linked applications of the full consortium, please select “Other” under Project Role, and complete the Other Project Role Category to indicate that person’s role on the consortium project. For these individuals, “PI of linked application” would be an appropriate designation under Other Project Role Category.

6.D. PHS398 Cover Page Supplement

2. Human Subjects. Check no to both the Clinical Trial and Agency-Defined Phase III Clinical Trial questions.

4. Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Check no even if human embryonic stem cells will be used in some of the applications that will be part of the consortium.

6.E. PHS398 Research Plan Component

The Research Plan should be broken down into four parts using sections 2-5 in the Research Plan Component: 2) Specific aims, 3) Background and Significance, 4) Preliminary Studies, and 5) Research Design and Methods. Sections 2 to 5 of the Research Plan must not exceed 25 pages.

Background and Significance. The Background and Significance section of the Research Plan must contain a table with the disciplines that will be represented in the Interdisciplinary Research Consortia.

Research Designs and Methods. The Research Design and Methods section must contain a Summary Table with all of the applications that are expected to be in the consortium application. The table should include the PI for each application, the applicant organization, the title, and the mechanism of the application. Any changes between the components proposed in the X02 application and those in the full consortium application must be discussed with and approved by program staff. Full Biographical Sketches should be included for all of the proposed PIs in the Senior/Key Person Profiles Section.

The Research Design and Methods section also should contain a sub-section entitled Governance describing the plans that will ensure that the PIs for each of these independent awards will act as an interdisciplinary research team. Concrete management plans and a description of the track record for interactions among members of the team, if appropriate, should be included in this section.

Human Subjects Sections. Do not include any attachments in sections 6-10 that deal with human subjects.

Vertebrate Animals. Do not use this attachment.

Consortium/Contractual Arrangements. Do not use this attachment.

Letters of Support. A letter from an appropriate institutional official, generally a dean or provost, should follow the Research Plan. This letter should discuss how the institution has responded to the difficulties in managing and evaluating research done by teams. Appropriate topics for this letter might include how indirect costs are distributed among team members and their departments, how membership in research teams is dealt with when promotion and tenure decisions are made, how space is assigned to research teams that cross departments or colleges, and how membership in research teams is dealt with during annual evaluations. These topics are intended to be exemplary rather than exhaustive or prescriptive. If multiple institutions are involved in the consortium, a letter should come from each institution.

Section V. Application Review Information


1. Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process.

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications that are complete will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate review group convened by NCRR in accordance with the review criteria stated below.

When making decisions about which teams will be invited to submit consortium applications, the Working Group will consider

The goals of NIH supported research are to advance our understanding of biological systems, to improve the control of disease, and to enhance health. In their written critiques, reviewers will be asked to judge the likelihood that the proposed research will have a substantial impact on the pursuit of these goals. Each of the following criteria will be addressed and considered in assessing the pre-application, weighting them as appropriate.

Significance: Does this study address an important problem? If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge or clinical practice be advanced? What will be the effect of these studies on the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this area of research?

Approach: Are the conceptual or clinical framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, well reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics? Is the management structure proposed for the interdisciplinary research team likely to be successful? Is the proposed interdisciplinary approach likely to yield new insights into the problem being addressed?

Innovation: Is the project original and innovative? For example: Does the project challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice; address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field? Does the project develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies for this area? Does the application represent a new conceptual approach to the identified problem?

Investigators: Are the investigators appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the principal investigator and other researchers? Does the investigative team bring complementary and integrated expertise to the project? Is there either a plan for or evidence of the ability of the team of investigators to work together in an interdisciplinary fashion over the five to ten year period of the consortium award?

Environment: Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed studies benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, or subject populations, or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is there evidence of institutional support for interdisciplinary research? Do the letters from appropriate institutional officials demonstrate that the institution has mechanisms for assigning credit for research done by teams? Are institutional barriers that would hinder an interdisciplinary approach identified and addressed?

2.A. Additional Review Criteria:

Not applicable

2.B. Additional Review Considerations

Not applicable

2.C. Sharing Research Data

Not applicable

2.D. Sharing Research Resources

Not applicable

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

After the peer review of the application is completed, a written critique called a summary statement will be available on the NIH Commons, https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/. Those applicants who will be invited to take part in the Limited Competition for Interdisciplinary Research Consortia will be notified by telephone or e-mail no later than October, 2006. Applicants who are not going to be invited to submit a full consortium application will be notified by e-mail.

Applicants who have concerns about the critique of their application must send their concerns to Dr. Farber no later than two weeks after the release of their summary statement. Since time will be short, e-mail is strongly preferred as the way to send your concerns to NIH. The two week time period will allow the concerns to be considered by the Implementation Group when determining which teams will be invited to submit a full application. Summary statements will not be mailed to applicants, so applicants should make sure that they are monitoring the NIH Commons for the release of the summary statements. The contact information for concerns is:

Greg Farber, Ph.D.
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 960, MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 (U.S. Postal Service Express or regular mail)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 435-0778
FAX: (301) 480-3659
Email: farberg@mail.nih.gov

Section VI. Award Administration Information


1. Award Notices

Not applicable

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Not applicable

3. Reporting

Not applicable

Section VII. Agency Contacts


We encourage your inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Inquiries may fall into two areas: scientific/research or peer review. If you are unsure how to direct your questions, start with the scientific/research contacts.

1. Scientific/Research Contacts:

Greg Farber, Ph.D.
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 960, MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 (U.S. Postal Service Express or regular mail)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 435-0778
FAX: (301) 480-3659
Email: farberg@mail.nih.gov

Michael Huerta, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 7202, MSC 9645
Rockville, MD 20892-9645 (U.S. Postal Service Express or regular mail)
Rockville, MD 20817 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 443-3563
FAX: (301) 443-4822
Email: mhuerta@helix.nih.gov

2. Peer Review Contacts:

Carol Lambert, Ph.D.
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 1076, MSC 4874
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 (U.S. Postal Service Express or regular mail)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 435-0811
FAX: (301) 480-3660
Email: lambert@mail.nih.gov

Section VIII. Other Information


Required Federal Citations

URLs in NIH Grant Applications or Appendices:
All applications and proposals for NIH funding must be self-contained within specified page limitations. Unless otherwise specified in an NIH solicitation, Internet addresses (URLs) should not be used to provide information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation to view the Internet sites. Furthermore, we caution reviewers that their anonymity may be compromised when they directly access an Internet site.

Healthy People 2010:
The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010," a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas. This PA is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at http://www.health.gov/healthypeople.


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